Me and My System

21.07.2012..

“When I was young, I spent some years at the University of Pisa working with Prof. Moruzzi: in our labs there was quite a mystic mood. Also then, the money for research was not enough, but that is nothing new. We worked like horses, in the belief that we would never make money like surgeons or doctors à la mode, but, on the other hand, we did what we liked. And what we liked was useful for the society. What more could you strive for?”

Giacomo Rizzolatti

 

Neuroscientist, Director of the Department of Neurosciences at the University of Parma, discoverer of the mirror neurons, interview issued on la Repubblica on the 14 February 2012 (Italian only).

 

 

Creative Director and Commercial Director. Teacher at IED (International Higher Educational Network in Design, Fashion, Visual Communication and Management of creative industries) and tutor to advertising agencies and companies. What counts here, however, is the fact that I have been an audiophile since always, thanks to the “traditional” system that my father had bought with enormous sacrifices and as much love for good music. Dual, Saba, Philips: considering times and resources a grand beginning. Thanks, dad.

 

Former contributor of Suono magazine and collaborator of Hi-Fi Center, I owe to these two brief experiences a wider vision of the market. As editor and owner of ReMusic.it, I owe everything to the co-editor and brother Roberto Rocchi. I remember one evening, at the end of 2010, when he asked me if “we could do anything in the hi-fi journalism”. That was just what I was waiting for.

 

Professionally, besides the editing, I chiefly deal with the site management and the advertising sales.

 

A clarification is due here. As a reviewer, I am against the property of the devices not only because I cannot afford them, I mean the ones I am interested in, but because there are better and more valid reasons. Psychological and scientific reasons. Property is theft. Also of objectivity. The purchase of an asset entails its overvaluation. You will always take a “special care” for its performances. In order to overconfirm your own choices. And the detachment, the objectivity and the intellectual honesty are one of the patrimonies of the information. The other one is the curiosity.

 

For this reason, I dare any manufacturer or distributor of top devices to provide me – and to provide us – with their best apparatus. We reserve the right to refuse them admittance, so that no one will be subjected to a negative review. They will be used for honest and pondered comparisons. They will be carried in the palm of our hands for that splinter of stupendous madness that the authentic high-end lets enter in our homes.

The world is full of good devices in many respects.

These are the devices I want to test.

 

 

Music: more or less 300 LPs, 1.700 CDs and 2.600 albums CD standard or High-Res

Analogue source: Micro Seiki DQX-500 turntable, Micro Seiki MA 707 tonearm, Audio Note IQ2 cartridge

Phono preamp: KingRex PREference

Digital sources: Apple Mac mini computer, Wadia WT 3200 CD transport, Xindak C09 CD player used also as CD transport, modded on the digital coaxial exit by Audiosophia

DACs: DiDiT DAC212 (preamp and headphones amp too) and M2Tech Young MkIII with Van Der Graaf MkII power supply unit

Preamplifier: Tektron TK6J5S Dual Ref, Muriano Research Anarchico FR, Linear Tube Audio microZOTL (headphones amp too), Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier II

Power amp: Muriano Research Traslatore 28W, 300B Western Electric 91A replica with updated layout by Anzaï ZaïkaMaison de l’Audiophile Hiraga Classe A

Loudspeakers: Mantra Sound Daiko (click here for measurements), which I thank the friend and manufacturer Guido Chiostri for.

Headphones amp: Tubes > Linear Tube Audio microZOTL (preamp too)

Headphones: Sennheiser HD 800, KingSound KS-H3 with KingSound M-20 OTL headphones amp, Sony MDR-XB700

Cables: Apogee Electronics Wyde Eye, Audio Alchemy DST, Audio Consulting, Audiosophia, Monster Cable, Omega Audio Concepts, Stat Audio Lux and Gravis, Thender, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl and Red Velvet , DIY (with and without insulator and shielding)

Accessories: AP Design Osmo, Acoustic Revive RR-777 and equipment stands in pietra serena stone

Power supply: Omega Audio Concepts Power Plant and insulating transformer with 3.300 VA

 

Listening room: partially isolated, with reduced noise pollution and electromagnetic interferences, about 40 square meters in total, with medium-high reflections, regular backside walls, irregular sidewalls, non-equidistant from the loudspeakers.

 

 

Main photo and Photoshop editing by Sara Pelle and Francesco Croce

for the project Nella Capitale delle Meraviglie

Mantra Sound Daiko loudspeakers, one of the few pairs manufactured,<br />its crossover was designed by Guy Le Cornec himself, Supravox brand historical owner
Mantra Sound Daiko loudspeakers, one of the few pairs manufactured,
its crossover was designed by Guy Le Cornec himself, Supravox brand historical owner
Micro Seiki DQX-500
Micro Seiki DQX-500
Micro Seiki MA 707
Micro Seiki MA 707
Audio Note IQ2
Audio Note IQ2
KingRex PREference
KingRex PREference
Wadia WT 3200
Wadia WT 3200
DiDiT DAC212
DiDiT DAC212
M2Tech Young MkIII
M2Tech Young MkIII
M2Tech Van Der Graaf MkII
M2Tech Van Der Graaf MkII
Xindak C09
Xindak C09
Tektron TK6J5S Dual Ref
Tektron TK6J5S Dual Ref
Linear Tube Audio microZOTL
Linear Tube Audio microZOTL
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier II
Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Preamplifier II
Muriano Research Anarchico FR and Traslatore 28W
Muriano Research Anarchico FR and Traslatore 28W
Western Electric 91A 300B clone on an updated layout by Anzaï Zaïka
Western Electric 91A 300B clone on an updated layout by Anzaï Zaïka
Maison de l’Audiophile Hiraga Classe A
Maison de l’Audiophile Hiraga Classe A
Sennheiser HD 800
Sennheiser HD 800
KingSound KS-H3
KingSound KS-H3
KingSound M-20
KingSound M-20
Sony MDR-XB700
Sony MDR-XB700
AP Design Osmo
AP Design Osmo
Acoustic Revive RR-777
Acoustic Revive RR-777
by Giuseppe Castelli
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